Date: 5/6/18 5:52 pm
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] hybrid heron ALERT!
I was at Hammo for a little while today, and I did have a real Little Blue
Heron around the nature center lot marshes. A nice close look for study. I
did not run into the hybrid today.

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT

On Sat, May 5, 2018 at 7:08 PM, Gregory Hanisek via CTBirds <
<ctbirds...> wrote:

> Folks,
>
> The now (in)famous Little Blue X Tricolored Heron at Hammonasset (usually
> in the Boulder Pond) is now being seen (and misidentified as an adult
> Little Blue) on a daily basis. This is a very interesting and long-staying
> summer resident at Hammo, so it's worth getting to know. There are good
> photos on eBird by Gail Martino and others.
>
> Key features: 1/ Uniform head and body color (as opposed to contrasting
> purplish head and neck on adult Little Blue) 2/ inconspicuous white areas
> on the "thighs," as small spots on the throat and sometimes visible on a
> folded wing. 3/ long powerful-looking beak.
>
> Lighting can make 1/ tricky to perceive; posture and lighting can obscure
> 2/; and 3/ is somewhat subjective. Slow down and look carefully. Little
> Blues may also be present
>
> Greg Hanisek
> Waaterbury
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